Whilst in Britain Hugh Grant’s been receiving sympathy for his part in the phone hacking scandal and subsequent inquiry into press practices in the country, across in the US he seems to have lost at least one fan – host of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart.
Third Beat Magazine reports that, during a question and answer session with Steven Colbert in New Jersey at a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival, Stewart pinpointed Grant as the least favorite guest he’d ever had on the show, quipping “and we’ve had dictators on the show”. Stewart was talking about a time when Grant appeared on his show to talk about his movie Did You Hear About The Morgans? in 2009, and apparently the actor didn’t endear himself to the crew. "He's giving everyone s*** the whole time, and he's a big pain in the a**," Stewart said.
The root of Grant’s disgruntlement apparently came down to a clip provided by the film’s publicist. "What is that clip? It's a terrible clip,” Grant allegedly said, to which Stewart snapped back "Well, then make a better f***ing movie,” Stewart replied. The fundraiser was a reportedly lively event, with Stewart telling his old friend and former co-star Colbert about how tough he found it initially to take on hosting The Daily Show when he joined in 1999, admitting that he struggled to get on with the writers and, at one point, had to be “talked down off a moderately high cliff” regards quitting the show.